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Information-packed class with a very knowledgeable instructors, covering "normal" diabetes topics, like medication, as well as unusual topics like dental health. Definitely slanted towards those in the medical professions, though anyone interested in diabetes will glean good information if they are willing to take the time to "unpack" the information. The most interesting week to me was the final week that focused on the current research and possible future approaches to the management on diabetes. Very well done MOOC.
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What makes this course is absolute enthusiasm and love Prof. Chamovitz clearly has for his subject. It is infectious! As a vegan, I took this course to find out more about my food source, but WOW, I learned so much more than I thought. I will never look at (or eat) a plant in quite the same way. An absolutely mind-opening course. One caveat...while the quizzes seemed pretty easy, the final was HARD. Be prepared to study...and take your time. Still, even with its difficulty, I managed to earn a certificate with distinction, the one I am most proud of because plants aren't in my career field of interest (medicine) and the professor set a very high bar to earn it (95%). Thank you, Professor Chamovitz!
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This was a far more interesting class than I thought it would be! The teacher is very well organized; the lectures flow and make sense. I was at first put off by the PSA peer assessment but actually really enjoyed doing it and reviewed the ones done by other students. The course got me thinking, which I really think should be the goal of these kinds of MOOCs.
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I loved this course! Very straightforward information about vaccines...the history, the controversies, etc. Great for anyone who has ever questioned anything in regard to vaccines. I feel like I really understand the importance of vaccines and could explain to friends who have fear of having their children vaccinated.
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I was interesting in taking this course because the professor is a pioneer in his field; why not learn from one of the leading minds of today? While I found the information presented to be very interesting, the tests and quizzes were crazy hard, requiring the use built-in modeling software (no or little in the way of raw knowledge or non-modeling application questions). They weren't easy to use. The quiz/exam questions actually quite often didn't seem to go along with the material presented in the lecture. The lectures themselves were just of the teacher in his classroom giving his classroom lectures. I would have loved to see a more MOOC applicable lecture format (and quiz/test questions).
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This was an absolutely wonderful course and everything that a MOOC should be! The lectures with animations were easily to follow and jam packed with information. The instructors went out of their way to provide weekly "Ask Us Anything" videos. The quizzes were challenging but completely fair. I also appreciated that the MOOC allowed a flexible quiz-taking schedule; so long as you finished them all by the end of the course...you were fine. I had a background in microbiology, but this course extended it; I learned a lot! I think that this course would be suitable for anyone with an interest in infectious diseases and epidemics whatever their background.
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If you are looking for the most challenging MOOC on genetics, this is it. Heavy on the details of the mechanics of it all. I think it is incorrectly titled, though, because the current title (and course cartoon) makes you think that this will be tailored to a more general audience, explaining personally relevant genetics in common language. In reality, this is more of an at-least sophomore college level genetics course heavily focused on the science of genetics (not its use). I didn't think the quizzes, exams, and peer assessments were fair. The questions, in general, were poorly written; they were open to multiple interpretations quite often, so your grade depended on which interpretation you read into it and whether the chosen interpretation was what the teacher intended. The nongraded quiz answers were only released 48 hours before the graded quiz was due (and without explanations). Unlike many Coursera courses, you are not allowed multiple attempts at the graded quiz nor are explanations given about the right or wrong answers. Even the answer key given after the quiz hard deadline only had the correct answers, not the explanations. The instructor did not give us these very important learning tools, and I really felt it detracted from the process of truly learning the concepts on a deep level. The peer assessments were a disaster; while general scenarios were given to be explained by us as assessments, the rubric was VERY specific. Many of us felt we had to be mind readers to know what was expected of us. This class takes a lot of time, but a lot of that time seemed to be trying to figure out what the teacher wanted in quizzes, exams, and peer assessments, not truly learning and integrating the material in a meaningful manner,
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I absolutely loved this course! While it wasn't heavy into the mechanics of genetics, it gave a broad perspective on where our study of genetics has come from and the exciting frontiers it is now exploring. Very accessible even if you haven't had much in the way of recent college courses in biology. The quizzes and exams were completely fair and understandable. Lots of great graphics in the course. Highly recommend to anyone with any interest in genetics!